Tiger-Eye to Purple-Dusk Jeweled Prince
An Aristo business owner, Lockstep has no business being anywhere near the places the Brood frequent, but he was brought away from safety by news of his missing little brother, who he will bring home at any cost. That his bonded Queen, Virtuosa Illion, fights the Brood herself means he is doubly concerned over them.
Lockstep met Virtuosa by chance while following a lead on his brother. He fainted when he found out that she personally fights the Brood, rather than organizing from somewhere safe. He adores her just as much as he is terrified for her life.
While out in the forest chasing a lead on Myriad, Lockstep stumbled upon Jackal's camp. After finding out how far he was from civilization or any Winds, he grudginly accepted the offer of a meal with Jackal. His first impression of the male was half right and half wrong: Jackal was nothing less than infuriating, but he was also someone that Lockstep thinks might help him find his baby brother.
Lockstep has known Dyad since they were both much younger due to a business arrangement between their fathers that brought Lockstep to the village she lived fairly often. Now that he has taken on the mantle of the buesiness following his father's death, he checks in with Dyad when he can, both because he cares about her personally, and because it's good for business.